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Comment: Boys need the training (Score 1) 490 490

by LihTox (#49961487) Attached to: Are Girl-Focused Engineering Toys Reinforcing Gender Stereotypes?

I think we've got girls caught up pretty well; it's time to teach boys how to work with girls as equals. We can start by teaching them that being called a girl isn't a vile insult. Help them break free of their gender stereotypes just as feminism has helped women break free of theirs.

Comment: I'll give Apple some credit (Score 2) 134 134

by LihTox (#49961445) Attached to: Apple To Pay Musicians For Free Streams, After All

In my experience a company in these circumstances would pretend to have changed their policy on their own (coincidentally), or they were just "clarifying" their policy due to "misunderstanding". It looks like Apple is actually admitting that they messed up, which is good.

Comment: Re:Technology evolves. Move on. (Score 1) 313 313

by LihTox (#49756727) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

I have a flip phone* with T-Mobile, no data plan, and I spend maybe $50/YEAR. Because I hardly ever call anyone on it, and I don't text. I have an iPod Touch which I use on WiFi.

Also, my flip phone is tiny, and I can drop it without worrying about the screen cracking.

*Mind you, I'm not a big fan of my current phone, which I got for cheap at Toys-R-Us, and I'm reading this topic with interest. My original flip phone was from Samsung and it lasted forever.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622 622

by LihTox (#49537369) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

And that's the problem: one buys an SUV or minivan for the few times a year they need one (or "just in case"), and then drive it around town the rest of the year when it's overkill. Maybe renting a minivan for vacation is the answer (though rentals can make people uncomfortable), or maybe there's some other solution we haven't figured out yet. (A Smart car that transforms into a minivan. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch! :)

Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 5, Insightful) 124 124

by LihTox (#49366115) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

And if Walmart has the lowest prices in town (or maybe the ONLY prices in a small town), and if you're on a tight budget, you might not have a choice in where you shop, love it or hate it. It's like saying, "Wow, everyone must love the DMV, there's always a long line whenever I go!" :) Or as another example, I lived in Chicago for 5 years and I took public transportation everywhere, and I HATED it, but I hated the thought of driving in Chicago even more.

Comment: Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (Score 1) 255 255

by LihTox (#48724507) Attached to: 2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

Potentially, yes. But open source may be running into the Bystander Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect):
"The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders."

Comment: Ambiguous (Score 1) 489 489

by LihTox (#48186617) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

The use of the words "Internet trolls" and "venom" leave a lot to the imagine. If we're talking about people who make death or rape threats, then I can see their point. But when I read "Internet troll" and "venom" I think of teasing, mockery, and people saying "you suck!" None of which should trigger a criminal investigation. I hope the law isn't as ambiguous as all that.

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